The rare and magnificent objects published in this extraordinary book are drawn from two incomparable sources: the Monastery of Saint Catherine on Mount Sinai, founded in the fourth century and recognized as the oldest Christian monastery in the world; and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, which possesses an astonishing collection of Byzantine and Russian Orthodox devotional art.
Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai is well known for its early Byzantine icons, but this book publishes for the first time icon masterpieces from the later Byzantine period. The State Hermitage Museum has gathered together relevant objects from across all of its collections, illustrating the development of religious art from the zenith of Byzantium to the fall of the tsars in 1917.
The outstandingly beautiful material included in this book, illustrated in full color from newly commissioned photographs, ranges from icons and paintings to jewelry, enamels, illuminated manuscripts, ivories, textiles, coins, and precious metalwork of all kinds.
Sinai, Byzantium and Russia results from a remarkable collaboration between the Saint Catherine Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum, and accompanies an unprecedented exhibition in the Hermitage Museum and Courtauld Institute Galleries, London.